The summer I was living in Israel, I ate watermelon sprinkled with tangy, Bulgarian Feta cheese every day. The refreshing summertime combination is a salty, sweet, healthy and re-fueling snack. The dish sometimes gets spiced up with Zaatar, mint, special olive oils, seeds and more. However, the base of feta and watermelon remains the same.
In the USA, particularly in NYC, I find myself a bit more beholden to the whims of a seasonal market. We do not have (fresh) watermelon year round – our peak season is May through September. The savory super-fruit, Pomegranate (which also has roots in the Middle East), tends to have a harvest season that extends from October until December.
Pining for the warmth of the summer months, and craving a cuisine based in desert terrain, I found myself at a cross-roads between time-of-year and availability of produce. Therefore, I bring you the End of Summer Salad – a mix of middle eastern loves, autumn output, and Mediterranean influences.
1 Large Watermelon
1 Cup Crumbled Feta Cheese – preferable brined
2 Pints grape tomatoes
¼ Cup Yuzu Citrus Marinade
2 Tablespoons Oil Oil – I used Round Pond, Italian Varietal, which has a very ripe, slightly spicy and green taste
The layered creams and soft chocolatey browns of a delicious Italian tiramisu lend themselves to salvaged wood, mismatched chocolate tones, and Italian leather. Room via Do You Fancy This?
The Magnolia Bakery cupcakes, as made famous by Carrie Bradshaw, are buttery old-fashioned treats. The delicate pistachio cupcakes are whipped up with pistachio meringue buttercream and topped with the nut itself! These special treats also have hand designed cupcake wrappers. The room is by Robert Passal presented at the 2012 Hampton Showhouse. The deep greens, playful feminine pinks, and delicate vanilla-colored detailing match the delicious dessert perfectly. The statement wallpaper is a custom design withBlack Crow Studios. Image via Tilton Fenwick.
A classic creme brûlée (also known as burnt cream) revolves around custard and hardened caramel colors. A mint leaf adds a bit of color to the earth toned palette. A room that captures the crisp geometric patterns of a doily, as well as the dark tones of an earthenware ramekin is both calming and reminiscent of burnt sugar via Design Milk.
A fluffy whipped marshmallow cloud is feminine and delicate in this lovely Baked Alaska photograph (and recipe) by Sarah Phillips via baking911.com. Dainty gold leaf plates with Victorian touches are reflected in this rustic yet opulent shabby chic haven. Photographed by anson smart, styled by lara hutton for Country Ctyle Australia as scanned by Dust Jacket Attic.
Inspired by the tempting visions of French pastry shop windows yet with the patriotic colors of the American or French flag, the fruit tart (tartes aux fruits) is a perfect summer treat – recipe of the vegan tarts and photos by Green Sage. Blueberries, strawberries, peaches, cherries and mangoes in the desserts translate into blues, reds, oranges and peaches in a bright, high contrast bedroom created by Interior designer Janet Gridley. The whimsy of mismatched historic wallpaper, granny squared quilts, nautical hints, red lacquered side tables and rope fixtures are bold and cozy. Images and complete room by D Magazine, here.
Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s a compendium of Turkey Day items that remind me of the US (and sometimes Canadian) holiday. In the USA, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly traced to a (poorly documented) 1621 celebration at Plymouth, Massachusetts for the Autumn harvest with the local Wampanoag Tribe (53 colonists and 90 American Indians joined). This first celebration featured clams, mussels, lobster, eel, goose, swan, duck, pumpkins and ground nuts. Today, I am heading from NYC to Boston, Massachusetts – and although my celebration will be close to the original geographically, the cuisine will include potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, and turkey. In the end, both celebrations will probably feature pumpkin and corn.
Set of 2 Safavieh Calycopis Moroccan Accent Pillows. Although the pillows are based on a North African, Arabic design – if you look objectively, the pillows actually look like birds flying through the sky in the wind. Abstract expressionist turkeys!
Torey Wahlstrom – Wild Turkey Feathers. These feathers were abandoned by some wild turkeys whom the roam the woods near my mother’s house in Connecticut. The wild turkeys there are large, beautiful birds who can often be spotted foraging for acorns on the forest floor. “Courageous” turkeys were Benjamin Franklin’s top choice for the national bird of America, but alas a bird of “bad moral character”, the bald eagle, won out in the end.
Prepara® Collapsible Potato Masher. Chefs love this masher’s patented design, which folds for fast and easy storage. I love that it’s eco-friendly and that the color pops with a lime green handle!
Meat and Potatoes Plate. TV dinner from CB2. New York artist Dan Golden maps out the all-American meal on white porcelain round. Simple black sketch outlines mashed potatoes, corn and supersized salisbury steak.
Wild Turkey Bourbon is America’s best-selling, super-premium bourbon produced by Master Distiller Jimmy Russell. Produced in extremely limited quantities as a super-premium bourbon, the 100-proof, 15-year-old hooch will come in a distinctive smart bottle, complete with strip stamp seal and commemorative box.
Cranberry Candle. The DESICO candles are created by hand in Finland of the stearin and paraffin. Paraffin is used to make the candles burn smoothly and evenly. Stearin created bright, vibrant colors that are rich in tones.
Metallic Purple Buckled Pilgrim Loafers by Marc Jacobs. Inspired by the first settlers? Maybe. Although I doubt those ultra conservative immigrants would have had leather from italy or ostentatious crystal embellishments. Either way, awesome.
12 turkey & pie invites ( Thanksgiving Invitation) designed by Stacie Humpherys on Etsy. There’s nothing better than turkey followed by homemade pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. Well, maybe except for turkey, then football, then pumpkin pie.Autumn
Acorn Necklace on bronze chain by Modern Bijou via Etsy. Just in time for the season a beautiful autumn inspired acorn necklace. Made from a copper ox over brass metal bead cap, gold colored glass pearl bead accompanied with a brass ox over brass pendants leaf charm. Strung on a Antiqued Brass Iron Chain 3.3×6.6mm open link.
Pure Country Weavers Massachusetts State Pillow. This nostalgic replica of a state pillow is reminiscent of needlework done by ladies in the 1940’s. The vibrant colors of these state maps would be a fine addition to any home decor.
Pumpkin Party Flat from ModCloth. Tonight’s laid-back bash is all about pumpkins – from gourd-themed decor to pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, this party is a cornucopia of your favorite piece of autumnal produce!
BareMinerals – The Elements – satin taupe/ autumn leaf/ soft slate/ teal smoke. A Thanksgiving inspired color palette for the eyes.
Vintage Football Helmet by Fossil. Made in the USA, this red and tan leather football helmet has seen its fair share of tackles. Place it on your favorite shelf—it’s a must-have piece. What says Thanksgiving more than a dose of tossing (or watching) the pigskin.
Fox Run Corn Holders, Set of 6. Nothing reminds me of corn on the cob (or my mother) quite like these classic “Good Housekeeping” holders. Hold on to your buttered corn cobs while avoiding greasy fingers with Fox Run’s corn holders. Simply press the metal skewers into the cob and you’re ready to eat.
Stoneware TV Dinner Trays from Uncommon Goods. Gather your whole clan on the couch for a big helping of food, a side of entertainment, and a dash of nostalgia. Switch on a sitcom and start your own laugh track with friends and family members as you serve up a home-cooked version of the TV dinner in this set of two stoneware trays coated in a food-safe glaze. Picky eaters of all ages will cheer for separated servings of meats, starches, veggies and desserts, with no need for multiple takes and extra plates. Love is a dish best served warm.